That’s a considerable spike. On Tuesday, October 6, Canada’s new COVID-19 cases reached 2,363.

This is the highest one-day increase since the beginning of the pandemic, per Global News.

As of Tuesday at 7 p.m., the total number of Canadians who have now tested positive for the illness had hit 171,323.

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2,363 New cases of COVID-19 reported on Tuesday

As part of the same update, it was confirmed that an additional 26 people had died after contracting the illness, taking the total to 9,530 people.

This comes as Ontario and Quebec have also been reporting record-breaking daily figures.

The two provinces have reported more than 90% of Canada’s total COVID-19 deaths and over 79.8% of the country’s total cases.

While these two regions have been particularly hard-hit, the pandemic continues to affect the wider country, too.

In response to this spike, the federal government announced on Tuesday that a deal had been signed for over 20 million rapid COVID-19 tests, which can reportedly deliver results in just 15 minutes.

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